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In November of last year, a missile was fired at a plane full of Israeli tourists taking off from Mombasa, Kenya. It missed. Yesterday, US, British and Russian officials foiled a plot to bring a missile into this country for the purpose of shooting at a commercial jet plane. The scheme was part of a sting operation that never posed any real danger, though it did dramatize what one aerospace expert calls -one of the great kept secrets- of the aviation industry. How easy is it to buy a shoulder-mounted missile? Where do they come from? Are such weapons capable of shooting big jetliners out of the sky? Are there defensive systems that could be installed on planes? We get some answers to these and other disturbing questions from defense, terrorism and security experts.
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